President’s Budget Reinforces Goal of Unified Post-Acute Payment System, Takes Aim at Hospice in Nursing Homes

On Monday, February 10, 2020, a general outline of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget was submitted to Congress. The FY2021 budget proposes to reduce spending on programs administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years, including $500 billion from Medicare and $920 billion…

Administration Budget Calls for Spending Cuts, Prior Authorization, Unified Post-Acute Payment System

On Tuesday the White House released the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. Released annually, the President’s budget does not carry the weight of law, but does provide a robust view of the administration’s priorities, and the direction it would like to take the country. The Department of Health and Human Services outlined a projected budget…

Proposed 2019 Budget Cuts CMS and ONC

The House Appropriations Committee has released a draft 2019 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that proposes boosting the department by about $1 billion to $89.2 billion, but contains significant cuts for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).…

NAHC Webinar on Impact of the New Budget on Home Care and Hospice

Please join the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM Eastern for a discussion called “The Latest Policy and Budget Developments in Home Care and Hospice.” The issues covered in this webinar are the result of legislation signed into law by President Trump last week, the…

Trump Budget Calls for Cuts to Home Health, Medicare and Medicaid

President Donald Trump’s 2019 federal budget, entitled “Efficient, Effective, Accountable,” calls for cuts to home health, as well as hundreds of billions in spending reductions to Medicare and Medicaid over the next decade, and repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Under a section entitled “Implement a More Accurate Payment System for Home Health,” the budget…

CHRONIC Care Act Inclusion in Budget Deal is a Win for Home Care

The funding packages up for consideration in both the Senate and House of Representatives contain many provisions affecting home health and hospice. The NAHC Report has already covered provisions related to payment reform, the rural add-on, and the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. However, there are other victories for the home care and…